Genital Sores

What Causes Genital Sores?

Genital sores can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'life-threatening'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose genital sores, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "genital sores" as a symptom.  Here are eight possibilities:
  • Herpes Simplex Type II
  • Candida / Yeast
  • Gonorrhea
  • Psoriasis
  • Vitiligo
  • Chlamydia
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Syphilis

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
grooves across fingernails
frequent bowel movement changes
regular unexplained nausea
refined sugar consumption
coughing up white/yellow curds
current birth control pill use
frequent postprandial somnolence
excessive flatulence
irritated eyes
frequent episodes of diarrhea
herpes type II
... and more than 70 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of genital sores:
Cause Probability Status
Psoriasis 95% Confirm
Vitiligo 27% Unlikely
Chlamydia 21% Unlikely
Candida / Yeast 5% Ruled out
Crohn's Disease 3% Ruled out
Gonorrhea 1% Ruled out
Herpes Simplex Type II 1% Ruled out
Syphilis 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Reproductive Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about genital sores:
Do you have any genital sores or lesions?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ One or two, minor
→ Numerous, minor
→ One or two, worrying
→ Numerous, worrying
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate genital sores, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:

Genital lesions are a possible symptom of psoriasis in men.

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